Thanks for the book suggestion Stabby! I'll have to check that out.
From my experience, the degree to which we are all connected now (cell phones, internet, instant messenging, facebook) makes it more difficult to find that alone time (or more difficult to make that decision to find it). I know when I'm in my recharging flow state that when the phone rings it's much harder to get back to flow and frankly makes me pissy at times.
"You can demonstrate the purpose and limits of human digestion with a simple experiment: eat a steak with some whole corn kernels, and see what comes out the other end. It won’t be the steak."